Earlier in the Year the Scouts were working towards their Media & Marketing Activity Badge
We interviewed Local people from Darlington and went to a Local Radio Station to record our own show, in addition some of our Scouts were requested to write a report on why they like Scouts and this was one of those reports by Harry.
Media Relations Badge Report by Harry
Topic – Scouting and why I like it.
I became a Scout because I had lots of friends who already did it and the opportunity to make new friends.
Below I have listed some other things we do in scouting that I enjoy.
Confido: confido is a camp, every year where lots of scout groups go to do activities such as: biking, climbing, knot tying and partying. It is a chance to meet new people and to hang out with friends.
NIJAM: we went to Northern Ireland for a week, travelling on the ferry and being twinned with a local scouting group, who were really friendly. I have never seen so much rain however, this didn’t stop us from going to an army camp where we did bubble football, an obstacle course, team work challenges and shooting.
Family camp: we played football when we got there and ’helped’ our parent set up the tents. The next day we were put in to group to lots of activities such as: sumo wrestling, tug of war and an elasticated running game. Lots of families go along, so it is good spending time with my family and friends too. This is me in a sumo suit and competing against my brother on the running game, which was so funny!! The food is always delicious at camp!
District camp: This where scouting groups from County Durham all meet and do lots of activities.
One new thing that I enjoyed to do was operation sanctuary, it is where you and a group of 4-5 have to escape from a group of catchers who are in cars and drive around looking for you. You get 10 lives, the least catches you get the better and you have a chance of winning a medal. We had to hide in bushes and look out for each other in the team. Our team came in second place, so we were really pleased and our adult leader, Tony was too!
When we are not outside in the winter we play games in the hall such as: hockey, bucket ball, lighthouse, dodgeball and obstacle courses. The leaders always have a plan, making it fun and interesting.
At scouts we also work towards getting badges from lots of different activities such as: medical badges, art badges and musical badges. With the medical badge, we have learnt first aid and how to do CPR, so this is important.
This report is going towards the Media Relations badge. We have already interviewed different local people, including Jenny Chapman, our local MP and Mrs Jacqui Watson, one of the scout’s mum’s. I could not go to the radio station at Bishop Auckland, but it looked like great fun, trying on headphones and using the equipment.
We do night’s away badges too, as well as two years ago, we went to an outdoor centre at Barnard castle, where we canoed, climbed and had pizza’s from the outside pizza ovens. My brother, Mack fell into the lake.
I enjoyed the trip to Newton Aycliffe, for our mechanics badge, as I learnt a lot about engines and the army. I had chance to look at engines up close, and speak to the instructors. It has made me interested in becoming an engineer now.
Every week, we meet on Fridays and do something different. Soon we are going to ROF 59 for trampolining, which I always enjoy.
I have enjoyed moving from beavers to cubs and to scouts. It is good in the Wolves pack, as I am the APL, which is the assistant patrol leader. As the APL, I help the patrol leader, make decisions with the PL (Patrol leader) and do the flag if the PL is not there.
I would encourage people to join the scouts because it is fun, you get outdoors a lot and you learn new things.